What really disheartens Baird is that he may have to wait to cash in on the influx of foreign nationals into the area and add them to his list of clients. 🙄
Letter: Unfounded fear, hatred dishearteningBy Stephen Baird from Fargo
Since the attacks in Paris, there has been a spike in anti-refugee sentiment. Everyone from state governors to would-be pundits on the Internet are out in public loudly declaring that “we can’t accept Syrian refugees, it’s too dangerous.” Perhaps, unsurprisingly, none of these people seem to understand how the refugee process works, or why refugees are the most thoroughly examined and checked group of immigrants to come to this country.
Not only is this examination process thorough, it’s also very slow. It can take an average of two years, or potentially even more, and results in an overwhelming majority of applicants being rejected.
To say that we move slowly and deliberately, and consistently err on the side of caution when it comes to accepting refugees, is an understatement. But yet, this unfounded fear that refugees will be here tomorrow and will present a danger to us persists. In the face of all the facts, and the reality that the Paris attacks were almost completely carried out by citizens of European Union countries, this irrational fear remains.
This level of hatred and unfounded fear is disheartening to say the least, but the consistent rejection of the facts is even worse, and for it to have spread to our elected leaders as it has is the worst of all.
We, as a nation of immigrants, need to step back from this fact-free well of irrational fear and examine the situation calmly. We need to realize that what is being discussed are efforts to save the lives of many fellow human beings, and that we expose ourselves to no greater level of risk by offering that help. Most of all, we need to realize that by stoking the flames of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim fear and hatred, we are only doing exactly what ISIS wants.
It’s time that we all calm down, learn a little more about what’s actually going on, and extend a helping hand to our fellow man. It’s the right thing to do, and it won’t hurt us in the least.